At the end of 2012, Volkswagen presented the new Beetle Cabriolet in Los Angeles. Following the Beetle and the New Beetle, this was the third open generation of a car which has gained cult status throughout the world. The Beetle Cabriolet had become larger, more powerful, more sporty and more economical. It created a leaner impression with the flat roof and more dynamic proportions. Apart from performance figures, the most important figure for a convertible is the time taken to open the roof – 9.5 seconds in the case of the Beetle Cabriolet, with electrohydraulic operation as a standard feature. It became a classic which people bought with a view to never selling it again. An update followed in 2016. The life cycle of the European Beetle Cabriolet came to an end in 2018 – however, new cars that have already been produced are still available.